Fired MFD firefighters submit petitions to city officials

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Fired MFD firefighters submit petitions to city officials

By Cody Holyoke. CREATED Oct 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE -- It's a long shot, but Joey Siegert and Nathan Fager are determined to get their dream jobs back.

The men launched a petition drive--gaining more than 1,200 signatures--after being abruptly fired by the Milwaukee Fire Department.

"We just came in to drop off the petitions, and-- just hopefully—this will help out," Siegert explained to reporters.

Help is scarce for the former firefighters.

Administration officials were let go in the midst of an investigation into serious vandalism at their former house, Engine 32.

Sources tell us some of the 11 men involved in the probe broke dishes and soiled equipment with bodily fluids during their last shift together before being transferred.

Three firefighters retired instead of facing an investigation. Six other men are suspended with pay.

Fager and Siegert—who were probationary firefighters—were left with nothing.

"The fire chief made a determination that their job performance necessitated their termination from the department," explained Mike Tobin, who runs Milwaukee’s Fire & Police Commission.

So, what happens next?

Tobin will deliver the petitions to the group's citizen board.  That group, however, has no authority on the matter—unless Chief Mark Rohlfing brings the issue before the board.

“I'm not familiar with a reversal in this type of situation,” Tobin said.

Right now, the men are working to support their families.  At least one of them is taking odd jobs to make ends meet. 

Fager and Siegert are hopeful the petitions will give them a chance to get back to work.

“It's worth a shot," Fager exclaimed.